Cooling down is as important as warming up. Unfortunately, many athletes fail to properly cool down following a workout. A light cool down session will do wonders to reduce fatigue and soreness. The cooling down period is similar to the warm-up but is completed in a reverse order. Let's use boxing as an example. Suppose you spar 6 hard rounds inside the ring. Your cool down period should consist of
1. Light sport specific activity (such as shadow boxing)
You should always finish your workout with approximately 5 minutes of light sport specific activity. We can use interval running as another example. After your grueling interval workout, you should finish with 5 minutes of light jogging, then some dynamic stretching, and finally a brief static stretching routine.
This simple cool down process will reduce muscle tightness and soreness. I realize that you may feel exhausted after an intense workout. Your exhaustion often results in your mind telling you to "forget about the cool down". As a Warrior, you need to suck it up and finish your cool down period. The few minutes that are required will save you many hours of soreness and fatigue.
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